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Views in South America.
[Front wrapper] London, Thomas McLean, 1852. - 2 volumes. Elephant folio (56 x 38.5 cm.), publisher's red cloth, embossed, front cover inlaid with a leather "scroll" bearing the author and title (very skillfully rebacked, corners very skillfully repaired, minor stains), smooth spine gilt; illustrated front wrapper bound in (skillfull repairs to each corner and to a 37 cm. tear across the lower part). Skillfull repairs to fore-edges of first two leaves. In very good condition. Armorial bookplate of Joaquim de Sousa-Leão. On the front pastedown is a printed description of this work from a Lathrop C. Harper catalogue of 1958, describing a copy that had an author's presentation inscription and was priced at $2,500 in 1958; this printed description has Sousa-Leão's annotations, and several more lines of his annotations in pencil are below it. Laid into the volume are four elephant-folio leaves with a printed biography of Ouseley in Portuguese, with black-and-white photographs of Ouseley and his wife; signed in print by Joaquim de Sousa-Leão and with his manuscript corrections in ink to two lines. 1 l. [dedication and list of plates], 26 hand-colored lithograph plates [numbered 1-25, with an unnumbered "vignette" following 20], one black-and-white lithograph plan of Obligato. *** FIRST EDITION. It includes 26 hand-colored images based on Ouseley's watercolors. "This rare and valued album contains very picturesque lithographs," says Borba. They include images of Bahia, Rio de Janeiro (a grotto in the Bay of Jurujube, the Corcovado mountains, convents and churches, the headquarters of the British legation, Botafogo Bay, the waterfall at Itamaraty), plus views of Montevideo, Ouseley's home in Buenos Aires, the government's headquarters in Paraná, Tenerife (a former convent) and Funchal (Fort Loureiro). The plan of Obligato shows the position of British and French ships during the five-year blockade of Buenos Aires that began in 1845.Sir William Gore Ouseley (1797-1866) was a diplomat in Stockholm and the United States. In 1823 he was sent to Latin America, where he served until 1850, much of the time in Brazil. The selection of his watercolors for this volume was made by Queen Victoria.*** Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 643. Berger p. 339. Tooley 356. Palau 207325 (combined with the Description). Sabin 57947. Copac locates copies at British Library, Cambridge University, Oxford University, and National Library of Scotland. KVK (44 databases searched) adds Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut. NUC: InU, NNH, DLC, DCU-IA (and, with the date [1854?], at NBu and PP).*** BOUND WITH: WITH:OUSELEY, William Gore. Description of Views in South America, from Original Drawings, made in Brazil, the River Plate, the Parana, &c. &c. with notes . London: Thomas McLean, 1852. 8°, recent navy morocco, spine and covers gilt, inner dentelles gilt, all text block edges gilt. Very slightly browned. In very good condition. viii, 118 pp., (1 blank l.). FIRST EDITION. "This Description is more difficult to find than the album" (Borba). Ouseley devotes between one and seven pages to each of the lithographic views in his Views in South America. The Appendix ("General notes and observations") offers comments on the aborigines of Tenerife, whales in Rio harbor, the health and climate of Rio, loud monkeys and pretty parrots, Indian tribes and languages, "influence of tropical climate and great fertility of soil on the disposition and habits of natives of Brazil," and destruction of property caused by the invasion and siege of Montevideo. * Borba de Moraes (1983) II, 643: calling for only 118 pp. Berger p. 339: without mention of the final blank. Palau 207325: without mention of the final blank. Sabin 57943: calling for 124 pp. OCLC: 43793777 (New York Public Library, Oliveira Lima Collection-Catholic University of America, British Library); 85060129 (Cambridge University, National Library of Scotland); the Oliveira Lima copy has been digitized as 956403722. Copac adds Oxford University. KV [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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